A UK firm developed an emoji only passcode system. Will emoji passwords be the future? Intelligent Environments thinks so as emoji passcodes are mathematically more secure.
Eggplant, eggplant, eggplant, eggplant could be your future pin-code on your Banking site. A UK firm has unveiled the world’s first emoji-only passcode, which is easier to remember and mathematically more secure than traditional pass-codes says the company.
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Intelligent Environments developed the Emoji Passcode to enable consumers to log into their banks using four emoji characters, instead of traditional PINs or passwords. The characters are selected from a set of 44 emoji. The Emoji Passcode has been integrated into the Android digital banking app offered by Intelligent Environments. The video below shows the emoji login in action.
Emoji Passcode is mathematically more secure than traditional methods according to the company. There are 480 times more permutations using emojis over traditional four digit pass-codes. In addition, it will prevent hackers from identifying common and easily obtainable numerical passcwords, like a date of birth or a wedding anniversary.
This new emoji security technology is also easier to remember as research shows humans remember pictures better than words, just think Eggplant, eggplant, eggplant, eggplant and connect the meaning the internet gave the eggplant emoji. Case proven. This is really easy to remember.
Memory expert Tony Buzan, and inventor of the Mind Map technique, said: “The Emoji Passcode plays to humans’ extraordinary ability to remember pictures, which is anchored in our evolutionary history. We remember more information when it’s in pictorial form, that’s why the Emoji Passcode is better than traditional PINs.”
Intelligent Environments is currently in discussion with banks that are considering rolling the technology out to their customers within the next 12 months.
“We’ve had input from lots of millennials when we developed the technology. What’s clear is that the younger generation is communicating in new ways,” said David Webber, Manager Director at Intelligent Environments. “Our research shows 64% of millennials regularly communicate only using emojis. So we decided to reinvent the passcode for a new generation by developing the world’s first emoji security technology.”
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